LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Reports of the Ashburton, Christchurch, and Timaru grain markets will be found on the fourth page.
Weather Foiiboabt. — Captain Edwin wires aa follows:—Moderate to strong easterly winds; glass little movement; expect frost^to-night.
Vital Statistics.—The following are the vital statistics for June for the Ashburton county!:—Births 8 males, 8 females, total 16: deaths 6 male. 3, 3 females, total 9; marriages 8.
Business Change.—Mr E. Cookson, having sold his Livery and Bait stables in Wills streat, to Mr J. J. Lewis, returns thanks to his customers and the general publio for their support during the past 31 years, and trusts they will extend the same to his successor.
PABiiiAMENTART.—The Imprest Supply Bill passed its final stages on the voices in the House last night, The Council then met and put the Bill through nil its riml stages.
Birthday Honours.—Among the King's Birthday honours appear the following: — Companion of the Imperial Service Order— Mr W. Gray, secretary of the Postal Department, New Zealand, and Mr J. B. Heywood, secretary of the Treasury, New Zealand. Lord Ranfurly has been made a Privy Councillor of Ireland, and Lord Plunkett a Knight Commander of St. Michael and St. George.
Dromore Literary Cldb— 7he Dromore Literary and Social Club held its usual weekly meeting en Wednesday even • ing. There was a good attendance of member 1, and a lively and interesting meeting resulted. The time was devoted to impromp tv speeches, members being in no way backward, and some very animated discussions took plare, of which one practical result may be the obtaining of a telephone service for the district.
Borough Finances under No-License — Tn moving a vote of thanks to Mrs Harrison Lee at the Oddfellows' Hall list evening, M r YV. H. Collins referred to the satisfactory state of the Bjiough Revenue a 6 evinced by the recent reduction of fid in the £ on the ratoe, He was sure everyone in the town would laugh at the idea of business being anything the worse in Ashburton aE the result of JS ro-License.
Valedictory.^-The fanners of the Yajdhurst and Riocarton districts tendered a farewell social a few evenings ago to Mr Josh Lewis, who hag been in business as a horse trainer nc Upper Eiccarton for some time past. The occasion was the departure of Mr Lewis to take over the well known livery stable business of Mr E. Cookson, Ashburton. During the evening Mr Lewis was presented with a handsome gold chain with maltese cross pendent snitably in3cribed,whileMr3 Lewis was the recipient of a silver afternoon tea service.
Siyr G-Boa Penalties.—Mr Piiher is inquiring if the Premier will introduce legislation this session to increase the penalties which may be inflicted ou sly giog-seliers.
Juvenile Smoking.—An information has been laid againsta h^y of soveu years of age under the Juvenile Smoking Suppression Act, 1903, This ia tho first case under the Act in Aahburtm, and will be dealt with ou Friday next.
Reduction itf the Pkice of Coal. — Housewives will bo pleisod to loam that the directors of the Weatport Coal Company, whose headquarters are <o Dunodin, have d«cided'to reduce the price of their household coil by five shillings a ton. It is announced that the Pelernain (Newcastle, New South Wales) coal will be subject to a similar reduction.
Old Age Penbions.—The Old & £0 Pensions Bill, introduced by the Primer, providea that the amount of the pension chnll be increased to ten shilliugs a week, and that it shall be diminished by £l a yoar for every complete £L of income above £26, and also by £L for every compete £10 of the not capital value of all accumulated property.
The Chalmers Licensing Cask. —The "StaiV Dunedin correspondent wires that the decision will be given by Mr Graham about Tuesday next. He anticipates a win for the hotelkeepers. Should the decision be ia that direction, Mr Graham, sitting as a licensing committee, will grant publicans licenses in the district.
Obituary.-— Another of the old settlers in South Canterbury, Augustus Bambridge, passed away at Ttmuka yesterday morning, at the age of 77 years. The deceased left London in the Strathallan on the 12th October, 1858, and arrived at Lyttelton in January, 1859.
The Tabernacle. —Dr Charles North, medical missionary in connection with the Baptist Union, of New Zealand, has been engaged in his important works at the M ssion Hospital at Chandpur, Eastern Bengal, India, for the past six years. He ia now home on furlough, and is visiting all the Baptist Churches in the colony. He is to conduct three services, as advertised, in the Tabernacle to-morrow, and will deliver an interesting lecture on Monday evening, on his work in India. It will be illustrated by lantern views.
Effects of No-License.-—ln pursuit of information regarding the effects of nolicenee, Mr Fawkins has given notice to move in Parliament " That there be laid before this House a return, on or before August 1, 1905, giving the number and all details of drunkenness and crime dealt with in the several Courts in the electoral districts of Mataura, Chalmers, Bruce and Ashburton, during the period June 30th, 1901, to June 30th 1903, and also during the period June 30th 1903 to June 30r,h 1905 ; such return to show how many (if any), of the cases dealt with were cases from adjoining licensing districts."
Adstbai/TA's Prospects. — A private letter from a recent resident of Oamaru gives (says the " Mail") some idea of Australia's prospects. An extract reads as follows:—" This country is on the eve of a very prosperous wave, and they have never in the history of the place had such pasture and crop prospect 3. A large stock speculator has informed me that they would be boiling down sheep inside of two years, and as for the frozen meat trade, they will be umble to find carrying capacity to take Home what can be produced here. Forward stores trucked to the mallee country are returned'as fats within a few weeks. This sounds like a fairy tale, but I have it on the authority of more than one of the influential and reliable squatters that the grass is 4ft high, and they are unable to feed it down."
Eiaisi' ration of F&umbers—The Plumbers' Registration Bill is of a similar character to that introduced last year and not proceeded with. It provides that the Inspector-General of Schools shall keep a register of plumber?, ar.d that anyone in business a3 a master plumber, or who is a competent workman on passage of the Act, or who holds a satisfactory examination certificate, and hns served at least five years at the trade, may be registered. Unregistered journeymen are notjto be deemed competent workmen, and oily registered plumbers may be employed on sanitary work. The registration fee of one shilling is charged, and applications must be in before June 1, 1907.
Montgomery's Pictures and Concert CoMPANT.—Asbburton theatre-goers can look forward to a first-olass night's amusement on Tuesday evening next, when the above company will give one of their popular entertainments. The company have iust concluded a most successful season at the Princess Theatre, Dunedin. Mr Montgomery will show this visit some of the very latest London star subjects, amongst them being a picture entitled " Chasing a pick-pocket through London." The picture shows the pick-pocket relieving- an old gent of his watch, and on being discovered he knocks the old gent down, and makes off, followed by the police and a crowd of people, which increases as the chase continues. The pick-pocket stops a lady on her bicycle, and takes it from her, making off down the road, but his flight in this direction is stopped by the appearance of a policeman, who upsets him; a struggle between the two results in the pickpocket getting the policeman tangled up in the bike, and leaves him kicking for. freedom, while he continues his flight for liberty. This picture keeps the audienoe in roars of laughter, and is eaid to be the finest subject yet shown in the colonies. A strong programme of novelties, and in addition a concert company will give selected items that should make a very enjoyable evening.
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6610, 1 July 1905
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6610, 1 July 1905
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